Twenty20 International

A Twenty20 International between England and Sri Lanka in June 2006

A Twenty20 International (T20I) is a form of cricket, played between two of the international members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in which each team faces twenty overs. The matches have top-class status and are the highest T20 standard. The game is played under the rules of Twenty20 cricket. Starting from the format's inception in 2005, T20I status only applied to Full Members and some Associate Member teams. However, in April 2018, the ICC announced that it would grant T20I status to all its 105 members from 1 January 2019.

The shortened format was initially introduced to bolster crowds for the domestic game, and was not intended to be played internationally, but the first Twenty20 International took place on 17 February 2005 when Australia defeated New Zealand, and the first tournament was played two years later, with the introduction of the ICC T20 World Cup. In 2016, for the first time in a calendar year, more Twenty20 International matches (100) were played than ODI matches (99).[1] There remain limits on how many Twenty20 Internationals a team can play each year, in order to protect Test cricket and One Day Internationals.[citation needed] As of 3 May 2019, 80 nations feature in ICC T20I team rankings.[2][3]

Twenty20 International format also sees one mandatory powerplay taken in the first six overs. This shorter format of the game makes reaching the traditional milestones of scoring a century or taking five wickets in an innings more difficult, and few players have achieved these. The highest individual score in a Twenty20 International is 172, made by Australia's Aaron Finch against Zimbabwe in 2018, while India's Deepak Chahar has the best bowling figures of 6/7 against Bangladesh in November 2019.

Origins[edit]

Cricket itself was probably first played in England in the Late Middle Ages, but it did not rise to prominence until the eighteenth century. A set of laws were drawn up in 1744, and the game achieved a level of relative standardisation by the late nineteenth century.[4] One-day cricket was trialled in 1962, and the first domestic tournament played the following year,[5] and in 1971, England and Australia contested the first One Day International. The match consisted of one innings for each side, with 40 eight-ball overs.[6]

In the 1990s, a number of countries were exploring the possibility of a shorter game still: in New Zealand, Martin Crowe developed Cricket Max, in which each team bats for 10 eight-ball overs,[7] while in Australia they considered an eight-a-side contest they dubbed "Super 8s". At the same time, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) conducted consumer research, and proposed the idea of a 20 overs-per-side contest, which would last for about three hours.[8] The first match was played in 2003 between Hampshire and Sussex.[9]

History[edit]

The first Twenty20 International match between two men's sides was played on 17 February 2005, involving Australia and New Zealand. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack reported that "neither side took the game especially seriously",[10] and it was noted by ESPNcricinfo that but for a large score for Ricky Ponting, "the concept would have shuddered".[11] However, Ponting himself said "if it does become an international game then I'm sure the novelty won't be there all the time".[12]

Two further matches were played that year; England beat Australia in June, and South Africa were defeated by New Zealand in October.[13] Early the following year, a contest between New Zealand and the West Indies finished as the first tied match, and a tiebreak was played for the first time in men's international cricket: the two sides took part in a bowl-out to determine a winner; New Zealand won 3–0.[14]

The game had initially been developed to boost the interest in domestic cricket, and to aid this the international teams were only allowed to host three T20Is each year. The cricket manager for the ICC, David Richardson, also commented that "Part of the success of Twenty20 cricket is making sure it can coexist with Test cricket and one-dayers."[15] Despite this, the first international tournament was held in 2007 in South Africa; the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.[15] That tournament was won by India, who defeated their close rivals Pakistan in the final. Writing for The Guardian, Dilip Premachandran suggested that the competition's success meant that "the format is here to stay".[16] The next tournament was scheduled for 2009, and it was decided that they would take place biannually (more frequently than the 50 over Cricket World Cup, which occurs once every four years).[17] In the opening match of the 2007 World Twenty20, Chris Gayle scored the first century in a T20I, the achievement being reached in the twentieth match of the format.[18]

The 500th T20I match was contested between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 16 February 2016.[19]

ICC decided to use Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) in Twenty20 Internationals from the end of September 2017,[20][21] with its first use in the India-Australia T20I series in October 2017.[22]

Current international rankings[edit]

Current ICC members by membership status:
     Full members (12)
     Associate members with ODI status (8)
     Associate members (85)
     Former members (4)
     Non-members
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 31 8366 270
2  Australia 26 6986 269
3  England 21 5568 265
4  South Africa 18 4720 262
5  India 36 9349 260
6  New Zealand 24 6056 252
7  Sri Lanka 27 6413 238
8  Afghanistan 20 4696 235
9  Bangladesh 23 5212 227
10  West Indies 24 5378 224
11  Zimbabwe 21 4082 194
12    Nepal 21 4000 190
13  Scotland 23 4310 187
14  Ireland 36 6630 184
15  United Arab Emirates 26 4781 184
16  Netherlands 31 5547 179
17  Oman 18 3187 177
18  Papua New Guinea 30 5277 176
19  Namibia 25 3829 153
20  Hong Kong 19 2727 144
21  Singapore 22 2954 134
22  Qatar 20 2589 129
23  Canada 19 2404 127
24  Saudi Arabia 11 1331 121
25  Jersey 24 2773 116
26  Italy 12 1326 111
27  Kenya 18 2058 114
28  Kuwait 13 1354 104
29  Denmark 14 1438 103
30  Bermuda 13 1202 92
31  Germany 18 1527 85
32  United States 15 1208 81
33  Botswana 19 1494 79
34  Ghana 10 773 77
35  Uganda 14 1069 76
36  Norway 10 709 87
37  Austria 11 778 71
38  Guernsey 16 1127 70
39  Romania 6 419 70
40  Malaysia 26 1772 68
41  Nigeria 16 1060 66
42  Sweden 8 465 58
43  Tanzania 6 334 56
44  Spain 16 873 55
45  Cayman Islands 8 430 54
46  Philippines 9 433 48
47  Argentina 17 771 45
48  France 6 267 45
49  Vanuatu 20 869 43
50  Belize 9 377 42
51  Luxembourg 10 407 41
52  Bahrain 7 261 37
53  Peru 13 458 35
54  Fiji 6 210 35
55  Panama 9 291 32
56  Belgium 9 290 32
57  Samoa 10 318 32
58  Japan 10 317 32
59  Costa Rica 8 252 32
60  Mexico 17 520 31
61  Hungary 6 180 30
62  Mozambique 12 352 29
63  Czech Republic 17 480 28
64  Thailand 14 369 26
65  Malawi 12 297 25
66  Israel 7 173 25
67  Portugal 9 215 24
68  Finland 13 296 23
69  Bhutan 8 180 23
70  South Korea 10 217 22
71  Isle of Man 7 149 21
72  Chile 14 265 19
73  Bulgaria 5 68 14
74  Sierra Leone 5 61 12
75  Brazil 13 143 11
76  Maldives 11 114 10
77  Saint Helena 12 109 9
78  Malta 13 108 8
79  Myanmar 9 23 3
80  Indonesia 7 3 0
81  Gibraltar 12 0 0
82  China 11 0 0
83  Gambia 6 0 0
84  Eswatini 6 0 0
85  Rwanda 6 0 0
86  Lesotho 6 0 0
87  Turkey 7 0 0
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 10 November 2019
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.

Teams with T20I status[edit]

Permanent T20I status[edit]

Prior to 2019, permanent T20I status was limited to the 12 Test-playing nations (which are also the 12 full members of the ICC). These nations are listed below, with the date of their first T20I after gaining permanent T20I status shown in brackets (Ireland and Afghanistan had played previous T20Is with Temporary status):

  1.  New Zealand (17 February 2005)
  2.  Australia (17 February 2005)
  3.  England (13 June 2005)
  4.  South Africa (21 October 2005)
  5.  West Indies (16 February 2006)
  6.  Sri Lanka (15 June 2006)
  7.  Pakistan (28 August 2006)
  8.  Bangladesh (28 November 2006)
  9.  Zimbabwe (28 November 2006)
  10.  India (1 December 2006)
  11.  Afghanistan (5 February 2018)
  12.  Ireland (12 June 2018)

Teams that played T20I after 1 January 2019[edit]

In April 2018, the ICC announced that it would grant T20I status to all of its 105 members from 1 January 2019, with the date of their first T20I after gaining T20I status shown in brackets:[23][2][24]

The following countries have now played T20 Internationals from 1 January 2019:

  1.  Bahrain (20 January 2019)
  2.  Saudi Arabia (20 January 2019)
  3.  Kuwait (20 January 2019)
  4.  Maldives (20 January 2019)
  5.  Qatar (21 January 2019)
  6.    Nepal (31 January 2019)
  7.  United Arab Emirates (31 January 2019)
  8.  Netherlands (13 February 2019)
  9.  Scotland (13 February 2019)
  10.  Oman (13 February 2019)
  11.  United States (15 March 2019)
  12.  Papua New Guinea (22 March 2019)
  13.  Philippines (22 March 2019)
  14.  Vanuatu (22 March 2019)
  15.  Malta (29 March 2019)
  16.  Spain (29 March 2019)
  17.  Belize (25 April 2019)
  18.  Mexico (25 April 2019)
  19.  Costa Rica (25 April 2019)
  20.  Panama (25 April 2019)
  21.  Belgium (11 May 2019)
  22.  Germany (11 May 2019)
  23.  Kenya (20 May 2019)
  24.  Nigeria (20 May 2019)
  25.  Ghana (20 May 2019)
  26.  Namibia (20 May 2019)
  27.  Botswana (20 May 2019)
  28.  Uganda (20 May 2019)
  29.  Italy (25 May 2019)
  30.  Guernsey (31 May 2019)
  31.  Jersey (31 May 2019)
  32.  Norway (15 June 2019)
  33.  Denmark (16 June 2019)
  34.  Malaysia (24 June 2019)
  35.  Thailand (24 June 2019)
  36.  Samoa (8 July 2019)
  37.  Finland (13 July 2019)
  38.  Singapore (22 July 2019)
  39.  Bermuda (18 August 2019)
  40.  Canada (18 August 2019)
  41.  Cayman Islands (18 August 2019)
  42.  Austria (29 August 2019)
  43.  Romania (29 August 2019)
  44.  Luxembourg (29 August 2019)
  45.  Turkey (29 August 2019)
  46.  Czech Republic (30 August 2019)
  47.  Argentina (3 October 2019)
  48.  Brazil (3 October 2019)
  49.  Chile (3 October 2019)
  50.  Peru (3 October 2019)
  51.  Hong Kong (5 October 2019)
  52.  Bulgaria (14 October 2019)
  53.  Serbia (14 October 2019)
  54.  Greece (15 October 2019)
  55.  Portugal (25 October 2019)
  56.  Gibraltar (26 October 2019)
  57.  Malawi (6 November 2019)
  58.  Mozambique (6 November 2019)

Temporary T20I status[edit]

Between 2005 and 2018, the ICC granted temporary ODI and T20I status to a selection of other teams (known as Associate members). Teams earned this temporary status for a period of four years based on their performance in the quadrennial ICC World Cricket League – or, more specifically, based on the top six finishing positions at the ICC World Cup Qualifier, which is the final event of the World Cricket League.[25] Teams could also earn this status by qualifying for the ICC T20 World Cup.

Twelve nations held this temporary T20I status before being promoted to T20I status or relegated after underperforming at the World Cup Qualifier or World Twenty20 Qualifier:

The ICC has also given special T20I status to the ICC World XI team for:

Cricket at international multi-sport events[edit]

Ajantha Mendis was the first player to take six wickets in a T20I

Cricket was played as part of the 1900 Summer Olympics, when England and France contested a two-day match.[28] In 1998, cricket was played as part of the Commonwealth Games, on this occasion in the 50-over format. There was some talk about Twenty20 cricket being part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Delhi, but at the time the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), were not in favour of the short format of the game, and it was not included.[29]

Cricket was played in 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China[30] and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.[31] India skipped both times.[32] There was further calls for subsequent Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. The Commonwealth Games Federation asked the ICC to participate in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, but the ICC turned down the invitation.[33] In 2010, the International Olympic Committee recognised the International Cricket Council as a governing body that complied to the requirements of the Olympic charter which in turn meant that cricket could apply to be included in the Olympic Games,[34] but in 2013 the ICC announced that it had no intentions to make such an application, primarily due to opposition from the BCCI. ESPNcricinfo suggested that the opposition might be based on the possible loss of income.[35] In April 2016, ICC chief executive David Richardson said that Twenty20 cricket can have a chance of getting in for the 2024 Summer Games, but there must be collective support shown by the ICC's membership base, in particular from BCCI, in order for there to be a chance of inclusion.[36]

Statistics[edit]

The highest team total in a T20I was made by Afghanistan versus Ireland when they scored 278/3.[37][38] The lowest total was recorded in 2019, when Czech Republic bowled out the Turkey for just 21 runs.[39] The highest successful chase was made in February 2018, when Australia scored 245 runs to overhaul New Zealand's target and win the match.[40]

As of 12 November 2019, Rohit Sharma has scored the most runs in the format with 2,539.[41] Aaron Finch has made the highest individual score in T20Is, with his innings of 172 against Zimbabwe in 2018.[42] Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga holds the records for the most wickets, having taken 104 wickets in 76 matches,[43] whilst India's Deepak Chahar recorded the best bowling figures when he took 6 wickets for 7 runs against Bangladesh in November 2019.[44]

See also[edit]

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